LENT LETTERS March 22, 2020

Amity United Methodist Church March 22, 2020 The Fourth Sunday in Lent                “One Church, One Body In Christ”   Welcome to the “Lent Letters.”          Fires, earthquakes, sickness, snow & ice – there are a lot of reasons why we might have to cancel worship services. Ordinarily, we just do what we can and then pick back up when things improve. But this is the middle of Lent. Somehow, I couldn’t accept the notion of “oh well, what’re you going to do?”...

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“Hey Nic, Don’t Quit Your Day Job” March 8, 2020

“Hey Nic, Don’t Quit Your Day Job” Genesis 12:1-4a/ Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17   John 3:16 was the verse through which Dwight Moody the famous preacher, evangelist, and missionary, of the middle 1800s learned to appreciate the greatness of God’s love. Moody had been to Britain in the early days of his ministry and there had met a young English preached named Henry Moorhouse. One day Moorhouse said to Moody, “I am thinking of going to America.” “Well,”...

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“Honest To God” March 1, 2020

“Honest To God” Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7/ Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 (5:12, 17-19) Matthew 4:1-11   Selah. S-e-l-a-h. I think this might become my new favorite word for the season of Lent. The word “selah” is found 74 times in old testament scriptures: 71 times in the Psalms and another 3 times in the prophetic writings of Habakkuk. Selah is an ancient Hebrew word – so ancient that scholars can’t say for sure exactly what it means. As best we can figure, the word “selah” is...

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“It’s Good to Be Here” February 23, 2020

“It’s Good to Be Here” Exodus 24:12-18/ 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9   For the last week or so, I have been getting pictures from my daughter of the goings-on that happen in New Orleans at this time of year. A lot of it has to do with food. For example, there are traditional Mardi Gras pastries that show up every year. I can’t say I know much about them except they look like they are dripping with calories and they are colored like fishing lures. Purple, gold, red,...

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“When We Hesitate to Innovate” February 9, 2020

“When We Hesitate to Innovate” Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16) Matthew 5:13-20   (Matt 5:1) When he saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to teach them saying.. and this begins the set of Christ’s teachings that we know of as the Sermon on the Mount, or The Beatitudes. Now, it’s safe to say that this is not the only time that Jesus spoke these words of blessing; Luke tells us of...

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